The Rising Awareness Journey
Inclusion. Healing. Belonging.
Chief Aim. Vision. Basic Belief.
'Kintsugi (golden joinery) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. The results often being deemed more beautiful than the original 'unbroken' item."
The Four “A’s”
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation and mandate to speak up. You have to say something. You have to do something”
Co-Creating the Relationship to Connect First - Creating first psychological safety, mutual trust, and a designed alliance for conversations.
The RAJ Connection Circle will provide its Members a deeper dive into The Rising Awareness Journey podcast episodes, topics and, more importantly, experience each other as a
“If Inclusion, Healing, and Belonging is deliberately and intentionally practiced by everyone within your business, organization, and institution, then you will have Diversity, Equity, and all the other letters following the acronym DEI.”
– Perry Rhue
Understanding the Connection Circle
The Rising Awareness Journey Connection Circles process draws directly from the traditions of the Talking Circle, common among indigenous people of North America. It is an ancient, indigenous tradition that creates space “to solve problems, to support and connect at a deeper level with one another.” Such processes still exist today among indigenous people globally.
RAJ Connection Circles create space for restorative vs. punitive justice work, i.e, tearing down walls and barriers, deep active and empathetic listening, sharing experiences and stories, building trust, love (agápé), healing and peacebuilding via activism.
Can We Talk???...About Inclusion, Healing, and Belonging?
Hosts & Lead-Learners
Perry Rhue & Ken Sawyer